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Volunteers help clean up Kenosha after 3rd night of unrest: 'We just want to come out here and help people'

Posted at 7:34 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 20:49:13-04

KENOSHA — After another night of unrest in Kenosha, some residents are helping clean up the city and prepare it for more uncertainty.

"I'm just a small fraction of how many people out here - there's thousands. I feel blessed to be part of a community that's helping,” volunteer Tim Mattner said.

Volunteers like Mattner are boarding up storefronts across the city to protect them from any potential damage from more overnight unrest. They are also sweeping up glass and handing out food.

While the third night of unrest didn’t cause as much property damage as previous nights, there was a fatal shooting. Plus, there is still a lot to clean up from previous nights.

"You see it in movies and on TV and you don’t believe until it hits home,” Mattner said.

It’s not just Kenosha residents helping clean up either.

“People that have no real relation to even any of these areas. People from business owners out west. People that don’t live here anymore that used to live here came here to put stuff up,” volunteer organizer John Hogan said. “Regardless of the politics of the situation, right, we just want to come out here and help people.”

As Kenosha braces for more civil unrest, these volunteers said they will continue to help day after day.

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